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“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” – Napoleon Hill

“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.” – Pope John XXIII

“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.” – Pope John XXIII

My race packet for the Twin Cities Marathon came in the mail yesterday – 12561 – my race number. Reality – three weeks away from the marathon. Numbers start running through my head…

  • 18 weeks of training
  • 3 pairs of shoes
  • 523 miles to get to the 26.2 miles start line
  • 60 hour work weeks
  • 95 degree runs
  • 48 years old
  • 20 miler this weekend – the last long run before “game” day

If I would have added those numbers up before I started, I may not have started. The bottom line – I’ve gotten from week 1 to week 18, one run, one mile at a time. Running when I didn’t feel like it. Starting at 5:30 am on Saturday mornings.

We achieve our “marathons” in life one day at a time, doing the work, staying the course with discipline, visualizing the finish line, carried through by prayers and the support of friends and family. It all adds up. And when we not only to dare to dream big, but we dare to do the work over and over again, we’ve won the race before we started. I won’t be the fastest, but I’m going the distance. 12561 – there’s a lot behind that number.

19 Comments Post a comment
  1. kirisyko #

    Reblogged this on Sykose Extreme Sports News.

    September 10, 2013
    • Thanks

      September 12, 2013
      • kirisyko #

        Great post:)

        September 12, 2013
      • Thanks – enjoy the day and cast light.

        September 12, 2013
      • kirisyko #

        You too 🙂

        September 12, 2013
  2. Great post – I love how you captured the intensity in such a succinct, clever way.

    September 10, 2013
  3. Wishing you the best with your run! Hard to train when it has been so hot, I hear you about the alarm on the weekends. You are an inspiration, however, and you are going to succeed with your goal. . . and remember to have some fun with it too!

    September 10, 2013
    • Thank you. We are supposed to enjoy life so fun is good and it can be found in work and play.

      September 12, 2013
  4. Have a great run – the feeling of finishing a marathon is worth all the hard work – as I’m sure you know.

    September 10, 2013
  5. Best of luck! And don’t leave it all on the course of your 20 miler this weekend.

    September 10, 2013
  6. Beautiful post. My human daddy has just started his training for a New Orleans marathon in January. We’ll be cheering you on from afar and looking forward to reading about your experience. Congratulations on the successful training and good luck on your run!

    September 10, 2013
  7. ly #

    dare to…. We all have something to fill in that blank!

    September 11, 2013
  8. Go get ’em!

    October 30, 2013

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